Art, local history, photography and adventures around Tongwynlais and Castell Coch.

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View North to Castell Coch above Tongwynlais. February 1972 Mary Gillham’s Tongwynlais – Part 2 - I discovered some photos of Tongwynlais and Castell Coch from the “Mary Gillham Archive Project” back in 2016. The project volunteers have been adding some really great shots over the last couple of years. In this instalment I’m pleased to share some great photos from the 1970s and 1980s. All photos are from the Mary Gillham Archive Project. ... more...
Black and white photo of Castell Coch with scratches Ffair Ton - FFAIR TON By Mrs. Elwyn James. I spent much of my time in holidays out on the hillside, as far from the Inn as possible, in case Susie should call me to help with the daily tasks that befitted a small girl of my position. It was ever a delight to smell the bracken and ... more...
War memorial in St Michael's Church, Tongwynlais Tongwynlais War Memorial - 2018 marked the centenary of the 1st World War and the inter-war period saw the creation of many local memorials to those who served. I visited St Michael’s Church to take a look at the tribute, which was presented to the community just over 100 years ago. The memorial tablet was unveiled by Mrs Lewis ... more...
Old postcard featuring drawing of Castell Coch Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 8 - We’ve got a bumper collection of postcards for you this month. They all feature beautiful pencil sketches of Castell Coch by Joyce Capon. Dating the cards is tricky because they haven’t been posted. They were printed by “William Lewis (Printers) Ltd., 43, Penarth Road, Cardiff.” Some quick research tells me that William Lewis died in ... more...
New Church at Tongwynlais - This month we’re stepping back in time to 1875, when the foundation stone for St Michael’s Church was laid. The Western Mail reported on the ceremony, which took place on 10th June 1875. There’s lots of fascinating information and details about village life in the 19th century. For more history and images of the village ... more...